Dominant dogs secure minor premiership
Monday, 18th February, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
North have booked their place in the 2018/19 Demo Club A Grade Grand Final following a dominant seven-wicket win over second-placed South on Saturday.
The victory was set up by a fantastic bowling display in which North conceded just 21 runs in the opening 11 overs whilst also picking up regular wickets.
Sheldon Hall, Matt Reavill and Ryan Gillespie, South’s three top run scorers this season, combined for a grand total of zero runs as the Roos were reduced to 4-29.
Mani Singh (20) struck a couple of nice boundaries until he was caught behind by Bill Bergman off the bowling of Jordan Vella.
Arlen Bird was the only other South batsmen to reach double figures but he too was a victim of Bergman’s lightning quick hands behind the wickets to be stumped for 11 off the bowling of Josh Savage.
Paul Nicholas (nine off 20 balls) and Ben Franklyn (seven off 38) offered some resistance but South were eventually bowled out for just 72 with 2.3 overs remaining from their allotted 35.
North 3 for 73 (C. Howard 39*) def South 72 (M. SIngh 20; J. Vella 2-6, T. Davey 2-8) by seven wickets